Continuing in the tradition of past festivals, the Manito Ahbee Festival will support an Indigenous Marketplace. Indigenous businesses already deal with unique challenges such as accessing capital. This makes it even harder for them to survive this pandemic especially if they are in remote or smaller areas. Without any revenue streams, it is imperative that we support each other through this difficult time.
The Virtual Marketplace will consist of Indigenous run companies who earn their livelihood through selling their products and services. A number of these businesses have been a part of the Manito Ahbee Festival family since the Festival started in 2006. Each vendor would provide a video talking about their business and we will provide a link to each of their company sites. These videos will be posted on our website as well as our social media. We will include a marketing campaign that will help to drive sales to these vendors that may not have the money for advertising on their own. The Virtual Marketplace will start July 12th and continue until the 2021 Manito Ahbee Festival.
The second part of the Marketplace will be videos and links from Indigenous designers and makeup artists. These talented companies have been a feature of our Indigenous Marketplace over the past few years. The videos will be posted on our website starting September 7, 2020 and will be available until our 2021 Festival.